The Lizard Peninsula
Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Lizard Peninsula is one of the most natural and unspoilt corners of Cornwall jutting out to sea in the far west of Cornwall. With a warm micro-climate of its own, the Lizard is famed for rare botanical plants and wildlife, as well as miles of wild and rugged coastline distinctive by the serpentine rock cliffs rich in the colours of red, green and silver.
Many visitors head for Lizard Point – renowned as the most southerly point of the British Isles. Here the 1752 Lizard Lighthouse stands in a commanding position with its powerful 12 million candlepower beam. Around the Lizard are some great coastal walks and the south west coast path winds its way around the peninsula. In this area there are a good selection of shops – many selling local serpentine gifts and geological artefacts local to the area.
The Lizard is rich in flora and fauna – particularly of interest to bird lovers are Cornish Choughs found in this area – a rare member of the crow family and the symbolic emblem of Cornwall. Now mostly extinct in other parts of the country the Chough returned to Cornwall in 2001. The region also has great international botanical importance with 15 of Britain’s rarest plants here.
The Lizard is a source of inspiration for both artists and writers due to its varied landscape of wooded valleys and inland creeks around the Helford River, hidden coves such as Kynance Cove and golden beaches around Coverack. Helston is the western gateway to the peninsular and as you travel south you will find many charming villages such as Trebah and Glendurgan.
The old fishing village of Porthleven is well worth a visit as is Mullion with its renowned 15th century church of St Mellanus. The Lizard also offers many activities for the more energetic from sailing at Helford and golf at Mullion, to surfing and swimming at Poldhu Cove.